Pretty cassis, blackberry, tar, herb and smoke flavors highlight this Napa Cabernet with an un-Napalike price. There's lots of oak too, and tannic strength, so give this bargain some time to smooth out. Best from 2001 through 2006. 5,200 cases made.
This white-grape sparkler from France is a fine value. Smooth and subtle in style, it displays good richness and nice fruit flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now.
Apple, lemon and a hint of earth are the flavors in this light-bodied, focused sparkling wine from Italy. With an intriguing nutty aftertaste, it leaves the palate refreshed, at a refreshing price. Drink now.
Soft and sweet, with pretty pear, cream and peach flavors that linger on the gentle finish. Drink now. 25,000 cases made.
While Portugal is known primarily for making Port -- its vintners also make table wines. This red from the Douro region (perhaps the best source for dry Portuguese wines) is nicely balanced and fairly rich, with warm, brickish flavors of plum, chocolate a
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